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Basilica of Bom Jesus

Listed under Churches & Abbeys in Goa, India.

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The body of the patron saint of Goa, St. Francis Xavier, was interred here according to his wishes a year after his death, and is said not to have decomposed at all in the intervening time. Visitors come from across the world on pilgrimages to Old Goa to visit his tomb and the opulently Baroque church in which it is contained, which dates back to the 16th Century. It is covered in intricate basalt carvings, and gilding, inlaid stone and frescoes line the insides of the walls, interspersed with pure white marble. Although it is a Christian monument, its most interesting characteristic is the interplay of wonderful Hindu craftsmanship with Italian Renaissance art.

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“Churches and Convents of Goa”

'The churches and convents of Goa, the former capital of the Portuguese Indies – particularly the Church of Bom Jesus, which contains the tomb of St Francis-Xavier – illustrate the evangelization of Asia. These monuments were influential in spreading fo… Read more...

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